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Stop Treating Us like Aliens – Traditional Worshippers Tells Makinde, Protest Exclusion From Peace Meeting
Oyo State Chapter of Traditional Worshippers Association of Nigeria has berated Gov. Makinde’s decision to exclude the group from a peace meeting called by Oyo State government to discuss issues relating to maintenance of peace in the State.
Recall that the State government Monday and Tuesday of the week organised a Peace meeting where Key stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders, security agents, artisans, market women and men, students’ body among others were invited to the Agodi Secretariat to discuss how to address the core challenges that affect the State.
Dr. Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode who signed the group statement on Wednesday after an emergency meeting in Ibadan said it was not the first time the third leg of the religion beliefs were neglected and omitted from core issues that affect the State.
Fakayode hinted that “we would not have been bulged by the attitude of this administration to we traditional Worshippers in the State, other issues of equal importance have been discussed here in Ibadan with the inclusion of our brothers and sisters in the Christianity and Islam faiths, but on the issue of peace and security, one would think it supposed to be all inclusive.
“The governor has continued to treat us like we are aliens in our own land just because of our belief, we need to remind him that we hold the same stake in the affairs of this State, we will keep reminding him.
The group also used the medium to extend their condolences to Oyo Police Command on the loss of its officers during the protest.
“We are using this medium to also commiserate with the police authority in the State for the loss of their officers to the last violent protests in major areas of the State as well as loss of equipments and facilities and vandalization of police stations that happened in many areas, it is disheartening.
“We call on the federal, State and local government authorities to urgently commence renovation work on these facilities across the State.”